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Panthers.com: Marcus Hudson Happy To Be Back In N.C.

August 23, 2010
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Marcus Hudson is happy to be back closer to his Wolfpack home.

Somewhat lost amid all the top-flight defensive players that got drafted from the Pack into the NFL back in 2006–Mario Williams (#1 overall), Manny Lawson and John McCargo all went in the first round–cornerback/safety Marcus Hudson also garnered a selection, in the 6th round by the San Francisco 49ers.

Most late-round draft picks have a hard time sticking in the league for very long, but Hudson beat the odds and secured his place on the 49ers roster over the last four years with solid play on special teams and quality reserve play at both the cornerback and safety spots.

His fifth year started with a trade back to the east coast to a team close to his college roots: The Carolina Panthers.

Hudson loves being back in North Carolina, and was recently featured in a piece over at www.panthers.com. It’s clear he loves being close to his college home and representing the Wolfpack whenever possible:

… Hudson’s return has given him more opportunity to be showered with love by his Florida-based family as well as by local fans who remember him from his days at N.C. State, and it’s also an opportunity for him to play an extended role on Sundays.

“I was out on the West Coast for the last four years, and I really didn’t get to see any of my family like I wanted to. Now I have more of a chance of them coming to see me,” Hudson said. “Also, being an alum of N.C. State, I’ve been feeling bundles of love since Day One. I could be walking down the street and somebody will notice me from N.C. State.

“It’s a great feeling, being back home.”

Believe it or not, Hudson is trying to become just the third former N.C. State player to make the Panthers roster. Linebacker Mark Thomas, who now hosts a sports talk show in the Triangle, was on the inaugural team in 1995 and stood as the lone former Wolfpack player in team history before Tank Tyler’s arrival last season.

“We’ve got a couple of Tar Heels and a couple from Wake Forest, and Florida State,” Hudson said. “Really, it’s good ACC competition.

“There will be some trash-talking this season. Go Wolfpack.”

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